Tuesday 22 November 2022

Book Review: Giften by Leyla Suzan (YA Fantasy Dystopian)

Author: Leyla Suzan
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publication Date: 2 September 2021
Pages: 304
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: YA Fantasy Dystopian
Source: ARC via NetGalley

Ever since The Darkening, survival has been a struggle. The people of the Field toil on parched earth, trying to forge a life amid dwindling resources.

As one of the Giften, Ruthie is a saviour to her isolated community: her hands hold the rare ability to raise food from dead soil. But she is also its greatest danger.

In the City lurks a dark army, intent on hunting Giften to harness their power, destroying all who stand in their way. With the threat growing ever stronger, Ruthie and her friends must leave behind all they have ever known and embark on a quest that will pitch them towards the City, and unknowable danger. One way or another, a battle is coming.


Giften by Leyla Suzan was a YA dystopian tale with fantasy elements. The premise of the story was interesting, which is what drew me to request it for review, but when I came to read it, it never really captured my heart. That's not to say there was anything at all wrong with it: the story idea worked well, the characters were mostly well presented and the world building and pacing were both fine. I just personally never got fully drawn into the tale; it was okay, but I wasn't blown away. As a note, I would say that I received the book as a ARC and while it downloaded fine onto my computer, when I tried to add it to my e-reader it would always look like it had synced but then not open properly on the device. As such, I had to read it on the computer screen, in between other tasks, rather than relaxed in the evening before bed, so it's fair to say that may have affected my ability to sink properly into the story. However, based on the reading experience I had with it, I am giving it three stars. If you like YA dystopia it's worth checking out.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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